Imre Bangha


Associate Professor of Hindi 

Faculty / College Address:

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies / Wolfson College


Research Interests:

Old Hindi Poetry

  • the emergence of Hindi literary idioms (including Khari Boli) in various scripts;
  • textual transmission and Hindi manuscript culture;
  • Riti poetry and the continuity of classical Sanskrit aesthetics in court literature
  • aesthetic innovation and ‘ritimukt’ poetry in Braj Bhasha;
  • the work of individual poets: Vishnudas, Kabir, Tulsidas, Bajid, Anandghan, Thakur

Cultural encounter between India and Hungary

The global reception of Rabindranath Tagore

Current Projects:

Edition and translation of Early Modern Hindi texts


  • Where does Hindi come from? The Emergence of a vernacular Literary Culture 1350-1450
  •  Rekhta: Hindustani literature before modern Hindi and Urdu


Courses Taught:

Recent Publications:

Jöttem a Gangesz partjairól: Bengáli kultúra és magyar irodalom. (‘I have come from the banks of the Ganges’: Bengali Culture and Hungarian Literature). L'Harmattan, Budapest, 2011.

It’s a City Showman’s Show: The Jain Devotional Poetry of Ānandghan. Penguin India, 2013. (Introduction and Notes; Annotated English Translation, in cooperation with Richard Fynes).

Bhakti Beyond the Forest: Current Research on Early Modern Religious Literatures in North India 2003-2009. Manohar, New Delhi, 2013. (Edited volume of papers presented at the Tenth International Bhakti Conference: Early Modern Literatures in North India: Sapientia – Hungarian University of Transylvania, Miercurea Ciuc, 22-24 July 2009.)

Scorpion in the Hand: Brajbhāṣā Court Poetry from Central India around 1800: A critical edition of Ṭhākur’s Kabittas. (Introduction, Critical edition with English notes on the text, English Translation of selected quatrains) Manohar, New Delhi, 2014.

Rabindranath Tagore: One Hundred Years of Global Reception. Orient Blackswan, New Delhi, 2014 (Edited volume in collaboration with Martin Kämpchen. Editorial adviser: Uma Dasgupta)

Tagore: Beyond his Language. Primus Books, New Delhi, 2017. (Edited volume).

Full Publications

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